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Property Tax Abatement Applications Due February 1

Posted by Sasha Golden | Jan 09, 2012 | 0 Comments

If you think your property is worth significantly less than your city or town's property tax assessor does, consider filing for an abatement. You can pick up an application at the assessor's office. You will need to complete the application and provide a professional opinion about the value of th...

National Pill Take-Back Day this Saturday, Oct. 29

Posted by Sasha Golden | Oct 25, 2011 | 0 Comments

One of the biggest headaches I see is going into a client's home and seeing numerous half-empty (or even barely touched) bottles of unused and unneeded prescription medication. You probably have some of these in your house — the bottles which you can't bring yourself to throw away “just in case” ...

Good News — Sort of — for Social Security Recipients

Posted by Sasha Golden | Oct 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

For the first time in three years, there will be a cost-of-living increase in checks issued by the Social Security Administration. It is expected that the agency will announce a 3.5% raise in payments to seniors. The bad news? A good chunk of this raise is likely to be offset by a jump in the Med...

Consumer Reports on do-it-yourself wills

Posted by Sasha Golden | Sep 25, 2011 | 0 Comments

The July issue of Consumer Reports had an interesting article (available on-line) on DIY will-drafting software, specifically, Quicken WillMaker, LegalZoom and Rocket Lawyer. The researchers created three different estate planning scenarios — nuclear family, blended family with a special needs ch...

First it was Medicaid…. now Medicare

Posted by Sasha Golden | Sep 13, 2011 | 0 Comments

Bernie Krooks is one of the smartest and most far-sighted elder law attorneys out there. When he says that Medicare is on the chopping block, I believe it. Delayed eligibility, increased premiums, means-testing — it's coming — but will the sacrifice be truly shared by those who can afford it most...

Emergency planning at Mom’s nursing home

Posted by Sasha Golden | Aug 27, 2011 | 0 Comments

NYC Mayor Bloomberg ordered evacuation of all hospitals and nursing homes in low-lying areas as of 8AM yesterday due to the oncoming hurricane. It's a good opportunity to consider whether you've asked the director of the nursing home or assisted living facility where your parent is about the faci...

There’s frugal, and then there’s self-neglect

Posted by Sasha Golden | Aug 17, 2011 | 0 Comments

Fiscal prudence is all well and good for elders — but how do you deal with a parent who simply will not spend money on themselves, even where an objective observer would see that funds are available and the expenditure is needed for the elder's health and safety. It's a common discussion I have w...

Medicare Open Enrollment Period Starts October 15!

Posted by Sasha Golden | Aug 17, 2011 | 0 Comments

Medicare has announced that its annual Open Enrollment Period will begin October 15, and run through December 7. This is the time to review your Medicare health and drug benefits and make any changes which may be needed. If you're a Massachusetts resident, you can get free help reviewing your cov...

In a second marriage? Then you REALLY need an estate plan.

Posted by Sasha Golden | Jul 15, 2011 | 0 Comments

More people than not die without having ever making a will. The reasons vary — a belief that estate planning costs too much, that somehow their assets will be divided “fairly,” that they don't own enough to need an estate plan, etc., etc. These people have done a form of estate planning — they ju...

Median annual cost of a nursing home in US is now $77,745

Posted by Sasha Golden | Jun 09, 2011 | 0 Comments

According to a study issued by Genworth Financial, nursing homes in the US have increased their costs by an average of 3.4%. This study was based on a survey of over 15,000 providers taken in the first three months of this year. You won't find a nursing home in the Boston area charging that low a...

Don’t be too quick to shred!

Posted by Sasha Golden | Apr 26, 2011 | 0 Comments

There's been a good discussion on the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys list serve in response to a USA Today article on shredding documents. The thesis of this article, like so many others, is that shredding “unnecessary” documents after tax season is critical to prevent identity theft. So...

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